NFL Analyst Explains Jets’ Excitement Over Robert Saleh and Zach Wilson

Published 05/21/2021, 3:20 PM EDT
Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Zack Wilson (BYU) poses with a jersey after being selected by the New York Jets as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Jets are trying to establish a new culture going forward. After another disappointing season, where the team finished with the league’s second-worst record in 14-2.

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So the franchise decided to fire the head coach, trade Sam Darnold, and make wholesale changes. The Jets brought in Robert Saleh to be the new Head Coach and selected Zach Wilson with the second overall pick in the draft.

NFL analyst Peter Schrager explained why there is tangible excitement when it comes to the New York Jets. He noted that new Head Coach Robert Saleh held voluntary minicamps for any player that wanted to take part and prepare themselves for the new season.

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But the Jets got a huge turnout, with several veteran players showing up to practice. It is clear that Saleh has the commitment and support of his teammates.

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“Look at what Robert Saleh is bringing to this Jets franchise first. They had these minicamps, these voluntary workouts, keyword voluntary. 80% of the Jets veterans showed up to New Jersey for their voluntary minicamps.

“They wanted to get there for their coach, they wanted to be in front of their coach. They wanted to set this new culture right from the go, they didn’t have to be there.” 

Zach Wilson, Robert Saleh, and the Jets changing their culture

Schrager added that while other teams haven’t seen a great turnout, the Jets have already had a lot of players come for the minicamp.

Furthermore, rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is showing glimpses of the promise that convinced the Jets to bring him in. While he isn’t doing much right now, Wilson is showing that he can be a star for the Jets next season.

There are signs that the culture is changing for the New York Jets. “Some teams have about 25 guys there. The Jets had 80% attendance, they’re excited about Zach Wilson.

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Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Zack Wilson (BYU) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New York Jets as the number two overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“The Zach Wilson footage is so so raw right now, it’s just him throwing on-air in shorts and a t-shirt. But even from the raw footage, you can see this guy has a live arm, this guy has a cannon.

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“Jets fans, without any sarcasm, without any woe-is-me. Jets fans are genuinely excited. They know it’s a long road but they’re fired up about Jets football.”

Can the New York Jets find success next season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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